• Nadia Rhook,  Poetry

    Two Poems from boots by Nadia Rhook

    Nadia Rhook is a white settler historian, educator and poet. Her poetry is inspired by her work as a historian as much as it is by her life experiences and family histories.   Click on the sound files below to hear Nadia Rhook read two poems from her debut collection  boots ( UWAP, 2020).   Like “a compulsory streak of lightning in an optional summer sky”, Nadia Rhook’s poems speak to the regrets of memory and the terrors of complicity – Rashida Murphy   granddad’s anger ES · graddad’s anger   The poems in Nadia Rhook’s boots grapple head-on with what it means to write as a settler in a…

  • Mikaela Nyman

    Mikaela Nyman – Multilingual Poet and Author

    Mikaela Nyman is an award winning multilingual writer and poet from the autonomous  Åland Islands in Finland who is currently based in New Plymouth in New Zealand. Her debut novel Sado draws on her experience of living in Vanuatu and being part of the recovery effort post-Cyclone Pam.  Her PhD in creative writing from Victoria University (Wellington) focussed on rhetorical alliance and collaboration with Ni-Vanuatu writers; one of her collaborative poems was published in Sport 47. Mikaela’s English language  works have featured in Turbine | Kapohau, Sport, Blackmail Press, Sweet Mammalian, Minarets and Strong Words 2019: The Best of the Landfall Essay Competition.   In 2019 her first poetry collection, När vändkrets läggs mot vändkrets (Ellips) was published in…

  • Poetry

    Eulogy for Hasan by Alan Fyfe

      “Eulogy for Hasan” was shortlisted for the prestigious Judith Wright Poetry Prize in 2019 and later published in Overland.  If you liked this poem, you may also want to read Alan’s prose poem “Ocean”. Listen to Alan introduce and read the poem by clicking on the SoundCloud link below. ES · Eulogy for Hasan By Alan Fyfe       “I don’t think there’s anything currently happening in Perth quite as exciting as Alan’s writing.” – Lucy Dougan       About the poet: Alan is an award-winning  Jewish writer from Mandurah, the unceded country of the Binjareb Nation, and his poetry and prose have been featured in various…

  • Emma Young

    REPOST: Emma Young: Journalist and Author of The Last Bookshop

    I’ve been so busy in 2020 that I haven’t had much time to update this blog so please enjoy a conversation I had with Emma Young back in late 2019.   Emma’s debut novel The Last Bookshop will be released this month.   **   Emma Young is an award-winning journalist at WAtoday by day and a novelist before sunrise. I met Emma, at Laurie Steed’s KSP 1st Edition fellowship in 2018 where she inspired me with her commitment to her craft. I learnt so much from her about how to ‘own it’ as a writer and my writing practice has changed because of Emma. I already a big fan of her work at the…